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Lost In Shadow: Opportunity Lost (An Art Game Sort Of Done Right)

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I just beat Lost in Shadow this morning, and Iím not sure what to think of it. As a puzzle game itís pretty easy, I never had a problem throughout the game, but as a sidescroller there is a lot to be desired. What makes Lost in Shadow strange, for me, is the addictedness I had for it. Itís funny, my previous blog post was about my dislike of Limbo, but this game is in a lot of ways similar to Limbo. Both games use a silhouette art style and are filled with ambient noise. Lost in Shadow, like Limbo, has very little story, but there is some substance there. The little story that is presented is about a young boy who, for some reason, has his shadow cut from him. This boy must climb to the top of a tower to regain his shadow, or is it his soul? There are some metaphors in this game. For instance, Iím pretty sure the shadow represents your soul and how the body needs it to survive. Your shadow or soul is the emotions the boy needs to live, or be considered human. It represents the blanket of the body; it keeps you warm and sane. Throughout the game you find memories and most of these memoires mention the body being cold, tired, and used up. Of course this could all be shite and mean nothing, but it is sort of open to interpretation. The little bit of story is good, but it wasnít enough to be ambiguous. Many people commented on my Limbo blog post about the atmosphere of the game; I simply didnít feel it in Limbo, but I did feel it for Lost in Shadow. I made an effort to only play this game at night, and Iíll tell what, it really sets a creepy mood of isolation, wonder, and discovery.



Yes, this is an art game, but itís not pretentious, or preachy with some deep message. Like, Limbo, itís all about the atmosphere, music, and visuals, but this is obviously all subjective. Lost in Shadow has a lonely feeling that I like, but I canít help think the game could have been something special. For instance, the game is too long, and it doesnít introduce many mechanics to keep you interested in playing. Why do all these art game insist in being ambiguous, why not tell me the emotional story? Use dialogue to express your message. Maybe it's easier to fool people being quite, I don't know. Obviously this game is not for everyone, but if you give a chance, you might end up loving it, even with its flaws.
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About VenusInFursone of us since 4:39 PM on 02.11.2011

Wow, I have a twitter now. Hmmm, would you like to follow me? Here, take this link. If you follow me; I will make all your dreams come true: Twitter

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Do you like films? Do you like my writing? If so, then have a look at my movie blog: Flixist

I'm a student. I'm currently working on my second degree. My past jobs were working at a gym and Urban Outfitters. I love to play guitar, read, listen to music, and watch films. I'm funny and enjoy the arts. I sometimes can ramble on about literature and films. I'm born and breed in New York. I'm easy going and I love fashion. My favorite system is the DS. I constantly shop at Urban Outfitters and Topshop. I really don't know what else to say. Oh yeah, I'm a cool guy!

Movies:
I Stand Alone, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Fight Club, Antichrist, Enter The Void, Dogtooth

Music:
Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lhasa De Sela, MC5, Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Radiohead, Manu Chao, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails

Books:
The Trial, Notes From Underground, Paris Spleen, Crime And Punishment, Junky, Hunger, Nausea, The Stranger

Games:
Super Mario Bros., Lost in Shadow, Braid

Favorite Articles I've written:

Demon's Souls: An Allegory for Life

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Diary of a Breton: Journey to Solitude

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Explain Yourself!

Venus, Put on some Fur and let's Talk

Front Page Articles

The Emasculation of a Father

A Small Thank You

I started a blog at this very site to let some of my feelings out. In some way Destructoid was therapy for me. I write about everything from my mother, past relationships, financial situations, friends, hipsters, school, etc. This is done not for sympathy, but as a way to expresses myself. My financial situation is a mess and I have no idea how Iím going to make a living, but writing and reading some of the response from great users have bought a wealth of positiveness to my life; It really doesnít have to be anything big, but a simple comment of appreciation is enough to fill my heart with joy. Itís strange writing this, but joining this community has been the best thing I've ever done, well, second best thing; getting laid is pretty cool. What Iím trying to say here is thank you. Thank you for this awesome community. Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for being awesome.

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